Tropical development possible near Florida; rain likely

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As we get set to close out the work week, we’re watching an area of disturbed weather over central Cuba. The National Hurricane Center is currently giving this a 50-percent chance of development over the next few days as it moves northward and eventually up the east coast of Florida.

Any time you have an area of low pressure in a favorable environment over very warm water, it has to be watched closely. That being said, even if we do see something develop, it would likely be weak with minimal impacts.

The one thing we can count on though is increased rain chances across most of the state through the weekend and into early next week. Rain totals will be on the order of 1 to 3 inches across a lot of central and south Florida, with isolated higher amounts possible, especially in south Florida.

We’re getting into the time of year when ‘homegrown’ activity in the Gulf of Mexico and western Caribbean become more prevalent. Fitting into that mold, many models as of late have hinted at lowering pressure across the western Caribbean late next week. It’s something you’ll hear us talk more about as we get closer to that time frame, but for now it is just reminder that hurricane season is not over and we need to stay prepared.

Hopefully we’ll get through the next few weeks unscathed and we’ll be home free, as things quiet down greatly in November.

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